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A Brief History of REDD-Plus Negotiations

March 10, 2011

UN climate talks formally resume in Bangkok in April, and the one thing that we can all bet on is that strong support remains for mechanisms that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).  Tony La Viña is the man who keeps REDD negotiators in line, and he recently co-authored this summary of negotiations to date.

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More Than 20 Years of Forest Carbon Yield Plenty of Lessons for Investors

March 2, 2011

It's more than two decades since a handful of environmental non-profits and green industrialists first began experimenting with mechanisms that slow global warming by funding the preservation of rainforests. In the ensuing decades, we've learned a lot about about what works and what doesn't. Now Forest Trends and Bio-Logical have distilled these lessons...

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The US South can Protect its Water by Paying to Protect its Forests

February 28, 2011

Clean water doesn’t come cheap.  Communities and businesses often rely on expensive water filtration infrastructure to ensure their clean water supplies.  But communities around the world have been protecting upstream forests instead of building new, costly water treatment infrastructure.  Can this strategy work in the US south?...

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US Forest Landowners Earn Private Sector Support via Ecosystem Service Markets

February 24, 2011

Owners of private forests in the United States keep the surrounding countryside healthy and resilient, but they also face financial pressures to sell and chop.  A new report published jointly by Ecosystem Marketplace and the US Forest Service finds that landowners earn at least $1.9 billion per year from financing mechanisms that reward them for their stewardship.

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On the Blog: Voluntary Carbon Fills Compliance Void

February 18, 2011

NOTE: This article appeared first on EKO-ECO Blog.  You can view the original here....

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Nigerian State Sets REDD Pace for Entire Continent

February 17, 2011

The tiny state of Cross River, Nigeria, has managed to preserve large swathes of endangered rainforest despite lucrative – and often intimidating – offers from loggers and other interests.  It's also laid the groundwork for a state-wide program designed to earn international carbon credits by saving trees, thus securing its spot in an...

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No Correlation Between Democracy and Forest Governance

February 9, 2011

As UN negotiators scramble to develop a global mechanism for generating carbon credits by saving rainforests, individual countries are moving ahead with their own plans.  Research published last year, however, shows that most of those plans are woefully out of synch with each other – a fact that could have dire consequences for the ...

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Kenyan Carbon Project Earns First-Ever VCS REDD Credits

February 8, 2011

Despite years of buzz, the creation of verified carbon credits from projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) has been underwhelming. Last week, the first credits under a new REDD methodology were issued, and many observers are now waiting for the floodgates to burst open.  Here's a look at the first...

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NGOs Need to Walk Softly – and Hang Tough

February 7, 2011

Scores of non-governmental organizations are trying to help indigenous people out of poverty by showing them how to earn carbon credits for managing their forests, but not all are getting results.  NGO veteran James Gray says that if NGOs really want to help, they have to cede more control to indigenous groups – and they have to convince ...

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US Fund Mines Carbon Gold in Arkansas Trees

February 2, 2011

The United States may not have capped its national greenhouse gas emissions, but the US state of California did cap its state emissions – and voters there seconded the state’s decision when they rejected Proposition 23, which would have all but killed cap-and-trade.  The end of Prop 23 could mean the beginning of a great experiment to...

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Beyond Timber: New Economic Opportunities for Southern US Forests

February 1, 2011

The Southern US could permanently lose tens of millions of acres of forest to development over the next 30 years, which means the loss of ecosystem benefits, including timber, water purification, and recreation opportunities. The World Resources Institute (WRI) has identified some economic incentives that can help the South mitigate the loss of these benefits.

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Carbon Crooks Swapped Stolen Credits for $38 Million in Cash

January 21, 2011

Cyberthieves who hacked the Czech carbon registry on Tuesday likely sold the credits as soon as they grabbed them – keeping the cash and letting the credits bounce around the system.  If so, it was a sophisticated scheme that required intimate knowledge of different registries.  Participants are now bracing for a fight over who will bear the loss.

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Bundled Benefits in Filtering Forests on the Chesapeake Bay

January 5, 2011

David Burke and Joel Dunn compiled “A Sustainable Chesapeake:  Better Models for Conservation” to examine the economic benefits of good environmental stewardship.  Complete with examples and analysis, the authors say smarter conservation leads to sustainable economics.  One chapter in particular provides fodder for the debate...

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2010: the Year in Forest Carbon

December 31, 2010

REDD took payments for ecosystem services mainstream this year as everyone formed an opinion on the ability to slow climate change by harnessing carbon markets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.   But for all the sound and fury, there was surprising little action on the global stage.

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REDD+ Partnership Co-Chair Responds to Ecosystem Marketplace Coverage

December 19, 2010

On 16 December, Ecosystem Marketplace's Managing Editor Steve Zwick received an e-mail from Federica Bietta, Co-Chair of the REDD+ Partnership representing Papua New Guinea.  The e-mail is reproduced in full below.  Ecosystem Marketplace's response was added further below on 21 December 2010....

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Building Forest Carbon Projects That Work

December 13, 2010

The Cancún Agreements open the door for UN recognition of carbon offsets that slow climate change by rewarding people who save trees and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).  For that to happen, however, more people need to understand how forest carbon works.  This new living document aims...

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REDD+ Progresses, LULUCF Regresses in Cancún Agreements

December 11, 2010

UN climate talks wrapped up early Saturday morning with agreement on the need to incentivize REDD+ but ambivalence on how to do that.  They also established the “Green Climate Fund”, but backslid substantially on LULUCF.  Here’s an initial summary of those aspects of the newly-minted “Cancún Agreements”...

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Quick Stop on Cancun COP: December 9

December 9, 2010

The latest updates from Cancun, as posted on the Eko-Eco blog.  Jump to specific days using the links below, or scroll to the bottom for the most recent updates.   Setting the Stage LULUCF: Key issues for Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) are accounting in developed (Annex 1) countries and the future of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) post 2012.

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Brazilian State Lays Foundation for Nature-Based Economy

December 7, 2010

The Brazilian state of Acre recently passed sweeping legislation that promotes sustainable development by incorporating the value of nature's services into the state-wide economy.  It's a law that grew from the ground up, but it will only work if everyone from regulators and technical staff to landowners, land users, and communities can learn ...

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Controversial REDD+ Work Plan was Gutted at Last Minute

December 6, 2010

This article has been revised and updated to reflect additional comments and insights from sources.  The article below is maintained here for archival purposes.  Please read the updated version of the story here. Several members and stakeholders of the REDD+ Partnership have proposed amendments to the Partnership's controversial work plan, and...

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